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. but we need a gang of 51. i've talked with president obama about this. he is extremely committed. i would like to see a number of other things. incidentally, senator durbin deserves every kind of honor and praise for what he has done with the dream act. he will be very important in this. >> good morning, senator. "the washington post" suggested yesterday that you present an obstacle to the passage of gun- control legislation. obviously, you do in a sense. but i am wondering if sort of standard -- the standard practice in congress should yield to what many perceive to be an extremely urgent situation. >> i think it is an urgent situation. that is why the first hearings held by anybody, house or senate, will be by me and my committee in that. i wasn't quite sure who they were talking about when they wrote the article, but i will strongly defend the press to write and print what they want, accurate or otherwise. but the fact is -- and i am not suggesting whether this was accurate or not -- but i will point out that i have a track record of getting legislation passed. some will say that nothi
- control measures. senator rand paul talked about this recently. he said that president obama is acting like a king. [video clip] >> i've been opposed to executive orders even with republican presidents, but one that wants to infringe on the second amendment, we will fight tooth and nail. i promise you there will be no rock left unturned as far as trying to stop them from usurping the constitution, running roughshod over congress. you will see one heck of a debate if he decides to try to do this. host: that was banned all. jerry and san pedro, california. caller: how are you? i am not in favor of's president executive action against gun ownership. -- i'm not in favor of president obama's action against gun ownership. i support what rand paul said. people should be able to defend ourselves and defend our country against tyranny. i believe the founding fathers made that a key theme when they put that theythere. -- when they put that amendment there. they believe taking away rifles will reduce crime. if we look at countries like england and australia where they have totally banned weapons,
the president this week and president obama held a conference with him talked about the progress in the war in afghanistan ahead of the u.s. withdrawal planned for 2014. their press conference lasted about 40 minutes. so mr. president welcome. we meet at a critical moment. the 33,000 additional forces that i ordered to afghanistan have served with honor, they've completed their mission and as promised returned home this past fall. the transition is well under way and soon nearly 90% of afghans will live in areas where afghanistan forces are be in the lead for their own security. this year will mark another milestone. afghan forces will take the lead for security across the entire country and by the end of next year, 2014, the transition will be complete. afghans will have full responsibility for their security and this war will come to a responsible end. this progress is only possible because of the incredible sacrifices of our troops and our diplomats, the forces of our many coalition partners, and the afghan people who have endured extraordinary hardship. in this war more than 2,000 of am
that dr. king talked about 50 years ago been fulfilled, would to re-election of president obama? >> i think you cannot deny that we have made tremendous progress and the election of -- re- election of president obama is another milestone moment in civil rights history, but we still have a long way to go as far as racial reconciliation in america, building what dr. king called the beloved community. tomorrow, yes, it is a milestone moment, not only for the president, but for america's quest for racial reconciliation. >> we have two experts. john mcconnell worked with george bush on his inaugural address. terry edmonds spent eight years working with bill clinton. we talked about the reference to dr. king. your former boss making reference to abraham lincoln in his second inaugural address. >> we will get that ready in just a moment. let's go to the phones. curtis from akron, ohio. >> thank you for taking my call. it is a pleasure to be on the air. i had the privilege, when i was 20 years old, i was on the executive board of kent state democrats. me and some of the members of the executi
will be facing. "the washington post" has this piece. one sentence i want to get your reaction to. he talks about some of the executive orders put in place. " if the obama presidency is deemed great to, it must be in terms not often apply to presidents -- compromise and consensus." guest: presidents are rated for their ability to overcome great obstacles. traditionally, that means how they manage a crisis. an economic depression, a war. in this town and this time, in many ways the crisis itself generated. we have generated a political system that is rewarded for preventing things from happening, rather than making them happen. apart from individual issues, whether it is a gun safety or the economy or foreign policy, the challenge is to overcome those obstacles that the political culture place in front of them. host: a call from cincinnati, ohio. good morning and welcome to the program. caller: in a country where originally white people were not even citizens of this country and now we have a black president, i think we've come a long way. i feel that president obama has not done enough for either
abortion. he could -- that dr. you were talking to, he knows. they do not care. the democrats and obama do not care there have been 53 million a babies killed in america. host: all right. we are talking about guns this morning. 61,500 collectors, 51,000 retail shops, 7300 pawnshops and other -- 9600. firearms manufactured in the u.s., 5.4 million. 2.2 million of those were pistols. 1.8 million were rifles. 743,000 or shotguns. 68,000 miscellaneous. back to the president's 23 executive actions signed yesterday. here is no. 15. direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability of the most effective use of new density technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies. clarify that the affordable care act does not prohibit doctors asking their patience about patiencein their homes. release a letter to health-care providers clarifying no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence in law enforcement authorities. provide incentives for schools to hire skilled resource officers. developed model emergency response plans for schools,
. >> president obama of course promised in his first term to take a leadership role on immigration reform. it has been disappointing to many he did not get that moving. he has pledged again to do so. he talked about he wanted to see a bill early on. now he has introduced ideas for gun control. he has another debate over fiscal policy. what does leadership mean in your mind? what to do you want to hear in the state of the union? or is there a better idea something would come from the senate and the president would take a support role? >> it is a good question. part of the problem -- the answer is not another great speech about immigration reform. we need action. this is what happens when immigration reform is important but it is not the number one issue. you can keep on telling it the could you have to take care of the fiscal cliff, which will -- looks like it will go all the way to the end of that term. i do not think it's going to be over soon. guns, i think that has surpassed immigration reform on priorities. i'm not making a judgment. i'm trying to state some facts. you are right, and this has
must be fixed. and we must remember when we talk about rights, children have a right to be safe. so i applaud president obama and vice president biden for proactively taking the necessary steps to address this critical issue. it's going to take all of us united, regardless of party affiliation or our differing views on constitutional rights, to stem this tide of violence. more importantly we must take a hard look at funding for mental health services and other services. we must look at sinking technology -- syncing technology to ensure proper and tighter access to firearms. we must place adequate controls on ammunition. bottom line, we must protect our schools, our communities, children and families must be safe. i respectfully ask my colleagues to make this issue of violence a priority and to support our nation's leadership as they work through resolving this challenge which should not be difficult. if we compromise and keep focusing on saving lives. madam chair, i pledge to support you and to support all my other colleagues with the congressional black caucus to make a difficult tas
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